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    Re: No wire on foundation-less deep?

    Yep, exactly. I want drone comb, but not excessive frames of it in one colony. I think is has to do with how you manage the open space as to how much drone comb they build, it is not hard to...
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    Re: No wire on foundation-less deep?

    Perhaps because it is mostly drone and the cells got warped uncapping. All the drone comb is a problem, that is one reason I do not like these frames.
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    Re: No wire on foundation-less deep?

    A few examples of some good honey packed wired foundationless frames before and after extraction. Extractor set on high.

    http://redstone.farm/queenbees/photos/photo%205a.JPG...
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    Re: No wire on foundation-less deep?

    I use a lot of deep foundationless frames, and I wire every one of them...very time consuming. With wire, drawn comb is very stable, robust, can be handled roughly, and I have no problem extracting...
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    Re: Marking a hive

    A la CC Miller.20931
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    Re: Bottom board plywood

    I use both 3/4" and 5/8" plywood for BBs and don't notice a difference other than a small weight difference which does not matter much to me since I also add two 2x4 cleats on the bottom side so I...
  7. Re: Assembling brood boxes with 1/4"X1-1/2 staples and no glue

    1.5 min/box is very fast. With the right tools and practice, I could see that. For now I'd be happy with 10min/box.

    I think there is no question as to which method will last longer, that is,...
  8. Re: Assembling brood boxes with 1/4"X1-1/2 staples and no glue

    I'd feel a lot better not using glue if was using 1/2" X 2" crown staples the frame staples seem a bit small. Ten years ain't too shabby for something that cost $11 and 10mins of your own labor.
  9. Assembling brood boxes with 1/4"X1-1/2 staples and no glue

    I've been gluing and nailing all of my boxes, works great, joints hold don't come apart and never wobbly. Glue and nails take extra time and I've hit my capacity. I started building boxes with ...
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    Re: Foundation less Lang questions

    If you are going with deeps then I recommend wire or some other support. The support sure makes handling comb and extracting honey a lot more reasonable. But support is not required, you will have to...
  11. Re: I need some pointers on foundationless frames

    During a heavy flow you have to keep your finger on the pulse. Sometimes this will happen before you know it. My fault, not the bees.16357
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    Re: Dead bees with small/short abdomens

    I wish I would have taken a picture of the small abdomens, they were so small that they were almost spherical...like a potato bug rolled into a ball. The dead young bees certainly did not have...
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    Re: Foundation less Lang questions

    I think it is a good idea when starting out to give both types a try. Experiment and decide for yourself, but if you are going foundationless, best to start out early and learn to use that technique....
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    Re: Dead bees with small/short abdomens

    No, the abdomens of the dead bees were gold and they were quite fuzzy but the abdomens looked similar in size. Maybe I am looking at the "hairy gold syndrome" instead of the “hairless black syndrome”...
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    Re: Dead bees with small/short abdomens

    I've never done a mite count or test. I just do visual inspection, or look at the rubish on the BB and occasionally I'll slice up some drone brood. Very few mites and rarely do I see deformed wings....
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    Re: Dead bees with small/short abdomens

    I should have said by young bees, bees that had recently emerged, probably 1-2 weeks old. The abdomens did not look damaged, just small almost underdeveloped.
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    Dead bees with small/short abdomens

    I was out looking over my colonies today after the recent snow and noticed 30 or so dead bees at the entrance of one of my hives...nothing odd about that. What I did find odd was that most all of the...
  18. Reuse of Chalkbrood infected frames

    I just had colony abscond from a hive that had a pretty severe case of chalk brood. The brood nest was contained mostly in two deeps with some brood in third and the super was mostly uncapped honey....
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    Thank you all for the great advice, this is the kind of info you don't find in the books. Right now I am like a sponge and am absorbing it all. I think it is going to take me several seasons to sort...
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    That would be nice, how long did it take you to build the reputation and clientele?



    Something for me to think about and good to know the quantity and method others are using. At this point I...
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    Being able to reliably produce 100 robust queens per month is no little thing. You need lots and lots of bees! Starter, cell builders, mating nucs, nucs, drone colonies, mother queen colonies along...
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    deknow, how did these queens perform?
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    With that approach you'd basically generate a monthly batch of 100 cells all at the same time. If I remember correctly brother Adam's method was designed for one massive batch of cells once a year to...
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    I am guessing that that would equate to 1-2 double deep hives for the number of queens I am proposing? Allocate for two queen banks.
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    Okay, those are both good refinements that I underestimated and will definitely bump up the nuc count.



    Good input and consistent with hedges. In terms of gear, nuc boxes are clearly the...
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